County council to carry out £6m road improvement works in Barrow

Cumbria County Council is planning to carry out bridge maintenance and road improvement works in Barrow valued at more than £ 6 million.

The council is investing around £ 4.5m in a major programme of essential works to Jubilee Bridge in Barrow.

The council is also planning to carry out a package of road improvement works in Barrow valued at more than £ 1.5 million.

In October 2018, Cumbria County Council completed the waterproofing of Jubilee Bridge.

The road widening works on North Road are approaching completion, which has helped to address a key pinch point in the town. We thank you for your patience whilst the works have been undertaken. 

In 2019, we will be undertaking further maintenance works on Jubilee Bridge and junction improvements on North Road, Bridge Road and Michaelson Road.

We will be undertaking steelwork and concrete repairs and repainting the Walney end of Jubilee Bridge from May to December 2019, subject to weather. Similar works at the Barrow end of Jubilee Bridge and improvements to cycle facilities on the bridge are planned in 2020/21. 

Further details of works in 2020/21 will be provided closer to the time. This essential maintenance will extend the life of the bridge by many years by improving the condition of its structural steelwork. 

Jubilee Bridge measures 350m in length, making it Cumbria's longest bridge. It carries up to 24,000 vehicles a day and provides the only mainland crossing to Walney Island. If this work isn't carried out, use of the bridge would eventually be significantly affected.

Cumbria County Council is planning to carry out a major package of road improvement works in Barrow valued at more than £ 1.5 million.

The road schemes are designed to improve traffic flow, ease traffic congestion and support job creation in Barrow.

The improvements will support further developments of Barrow Waterfront and the wider port area. They will also support BAE Systems' Site Redevelopment Programme.

Works will include:

North Road/Bridge Road - On the junction of North Road/Bridge Road we will be replacing the existing roundabout with a new traffic light-controlled junction. This junction improvement will support growth at BAE Systems and the Port in the future. Significant improvements to pedestrian crossing facilities are a major element of this scheme. 

Michaelson Road/Buccleuch Dock Road - On the junction of Michaelson Road and Buccleuch Dock Road, a new signalised traffic light-controlled junction will provide safe access to and from BAE System's Buccleuch Dock Road car park and improved pedestrian crossing provision.

We appreciate that such works will unfortunately cause traffic disruption - sadly this is unavoidable. 

But we have tried to plan this work with the very minimum of disruption - including maintaining two way traffic during the day and carrying out some of the work overnight wherever possible. During overnight works there will be a requirement for temporary lights and occasional road closures. However, there will be no impact on emergency blue light services.

One footpath across Jubilee Bridge will be closed at all times during the works. Cyclists will be able to cycle on the road as normal. However, for safety reasons, we ask that cyclists do not cycle on the footpath. 

Safe pedestrian routes will be provided during the works.

Cumbria County Council has appointed Story Contracting Ltd as the main contractor for these projects. The health and safety of the workforce is of paramount importance to the Council. We recognise that roadworks can cause some inconvenience to residents and we'd like to thank you for your patience, understanding and respect for our workforce while these works are carried out.

Story Contracting will carry out the works between May 2019 and December 2019 subject to the weather

Residents and interested parties are invited to the following drop-in events with Cumbria County Council. Drop-in sessions will take place on:

29 April 2019, 2.00 pm - 7.00 pm - The Ferry Hotel, 1 Promenade, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 3PE

2 May 2019, 11.00 am - 7.00 pm - Tesco Extra, Cornerhouse Park, Hindpool Rd, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 2NE

If you have any comments you would like to make during the project please email NPIF@cumbria.gov.uk and we will aim to respond as soon as possible.